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When it comes to California politics, the battle for the next two years for the 12th Congressional district seat is the most important race in the House.
The election this November is not only when four-time Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who is retiring, will leave the House, but it’s also when the seat of House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, the daughter of immigrants, will lose her seat to her opponent.
The 12th Congressional district, which includes much of San Fernando Valley like neighboring City of Los Angeles, is one of the most competitive districts in the country.
In 2014, the district was rated as the most contested House race in 2014 and one of the most competitive in 2010 when Republican Jacky Rosen was elected.
Here’s what you need to know about the election.
WHAT HAPPENED TO JACKY ROSEN?
After several rounds of debate, Jacky Rosen announced she would not seek re-election. She said “it’s not what she’s known for,” according to The Los Angeles Times.
On Wednesday, the California Democratic Party called on Rosen to throw her hat into the 2018 midterm elections. They said that she could potentially be a good replacement for Pelosi, who is often in her district, and that they would be better with someone who might challenge the House majority leader in the future.
In a statement released Wednesday, Rosen said she would “do what I can to help take on the role of Democratic Leader and to ensure that we have a strong Democrat as our next House Speaker.”
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who oversees elections in his state, told CBS News that Rosen’s statement was a “major political setback” for Rosen.
“After a protracted and intense primary debate, she came to this decision which she’s asked members of the DCCC and our campaign to respect,” the California Democratic Party told CBS News.
“We still feel very strongly that she should run,” the party added.
While Rosen was a star member of the liberal House Democratic leadership, she is an Independent. She has been one of the most outspoken members of the party on issues such as immigration, climate